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Overall Rating
4.43

Awesome64.86%
Worth A Look: 18.92%
Average: 10.81%
Pretty Bad: 5.41%
Total Crap: 0%

3 reviews, 19 user ratings



Better Tomorrow 2, A
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"Woo! Woo! Woo! Woo!"
5 stars

Think Lethal Weapon is an action movie? THINK AGAIN.

Nothing ever produced in Hollywood comes even close to touching this film, especially when it comes to carnage. The plot is overdramatic and has a few silly bits (We killed Chow Yun Fat in the first one, how do we get him back for the second one? Oh, yeah--long-lost twin brother), but for raw, unbridled, bloody, fast-paced action, it simply the best out there.

Watch it! Tonight! The whole thing! Do it!


*****SPOILER ALERT***********

Not that it matters. I mean, whether you know the plot or not, this movie is all about the visuals.

Chow-Yun Fat plays the twin brother of a character who died in the first film. Ti Lung and Leslie Cheung reprise their roles as a pair of brothers, one an undercover cop (Cheung) and the other a reformed career criminal. Dean Shek plays a crime boss who has finally gone straight. He gets framed and then loses his mind, and ends up getting shipped off to America to stay with Ken (Chow Yun Fat), but not until after we've established that Ken is as much a bad-ass as his brother (don't insult his rice, if you know what's good for you).

You've seen Mel Gibson serve the bad guys a round of whoopass. You've seen Arnie open a whole can. When the going gets tough in A Better Tomorrow II, Chow Yun Fat follows in an age-old Hong Kong tradition, and rolls out the whole damned keg.

Anyway, the little brother eventually bites it in a most heroic way, which naturally means that the three surviving leads must kill every single bad guy on the planet in retribution, and that their sidekick needs to live to tell the tale. The final battle scene in this movie involves a huge mansion packed wall-to-wall with henchmen and a Triad boss in the middle, and has a higher body count than anything I've seen outside of the horror genre.

Nobody kills more people with more style than Chow Yun Fat under the direction of John Woo.

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User Comments

5/22/11 chris c Kick ass action movie, Remember Chow says to eat the rice, you better eat the rice 5 stars
3/16/09 Josie Cotton is a goddess You're not an action fan unless you see this. 4 stars
5/25/07 Sugarfoot John Woo gets lazy with this one, but he still blows away most American flicks. 4 stars
5/11/06 Agent Sands More effectively dramatic, more action-packed, and funnier than the original. 4 stars
9/27/04 Archanist_101 Cinematically GOOD! They should do a GOOD English version of this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
7/01/04 "Meth Lab" for Dummies. An equeal to the 1st film!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
11/29/03 Agent Sands (previously Mr. Hat) Watched it again. Ass-kickin'! 4 stars
7/03/03 ND not good as first one, but a lot of actions!!! 3 stars
8/19/02 Mr. Hat (I'm Back!) Way overrated. Only a scarce amount of goods. 2 stars
11/30/01 Rutt13 Kicks butt, but kinda goofy, and part 1 is better 4 stars
11/26/01 The Bomb 69 not as good as the first, subtitles ridiculous, but the action was awesome!!! 4 stars
9/19/01 DeSeRt RaT UK Worth watching just for the final shoot out. 4 stars
8/14/01 KC Au How unfortunate! This sequel was terrible compared to the first film... 2 stars
6/26/01 Lars Pettersson Not as great as the first one, but with fastpaced actionscenes! The climax is incredible ! 3 stars
2/26/01 bruce lee pretty ok if u ask me 3 stars
2/25/01 nick berger its not perfect so its rating shouldnt say so 3 stars
4/30/00 Joseph P. Ulibas The last third makes up this mess between Tsui Hark and Woo over the film's direction. 5 stars
10/04/99 Dennis miller awesome, though not as great as the first one 5 stars
4/15/99 Jon Jackson I love it dammit! The end sequence - mindblowing! 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  02-Feb-1987 (R)
  DVD: 02-Mar-2004

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Directed by
  John Woo

Written by
  John Woo
  Hark Tsui

Cast
  Dean Shek
  Fui-On Shing



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